Emmanuel – Day 20 – holiday haiku

Welcome to Day 20 of our Holiday Haiku Challenge

Today’s charge is to  write a haiku inspired by the Name of Christ,




emmanuel haiku


by Tara Ulrich


Emmanuel “God with us” is such a beautiful reminder that we are never alone. I love Eugune Peterson’s translation in the Message when he states “Jesus puts on flesh and blood and moves into the neighborhood.” Can you just picture Mary, Joseph, and baby Joseph moving in next to you?

Would you bring them gifts fit for a king? Would you be oohing and aahing over this precious gift not even knowing that this infant was the promise Messiah? During this Advent season, may you welcome this promised Messiah into your heart, and extend Him out into your very own neighborhoods!


tarapicTara Ulrich lives in Minot, ND where she serves at a Lutheran church as the Director of Home and Family Ministry. She is a rostered Diaconal Minister in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (Diaconal Ministers grew out of the Catholic understanding of deacons and deaconesses; Word and Service rather than Word and Sacrament). Prior to coming to Minot, she lived in Moorhead, MN and served at a church in Dilworth, MN for approximately 6 1/2 years. She is a graduate of the University of Mary (Bismarck, ND) and Wartburg Theological Seminary. She loves to spend time with her friends and family, reading, writing, and on the beautiful prairies of North Dakota.

You can follow her at her blog Praying on the Prairie. You can find her on Twitter and Instagram.



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  1. First of all I love Tara’s haiku and words! Perfect for this fourth SONday of Advent – LOVE!

    God in His earth suit
    The Redeemer of mankind
    God with us-in me

    God with clothes on – that is MY Savior!

    • God with us-in me! What a marvelous picture!

    • Thanks Susan! Love your haiku. It is so much fun to see you all come up with your haikus from my post. God is indeed with us…and in us!

  2. Did you hear the news?
    We all have a new neighbor!
    Christ, Emmanuel!

    • LeeAnn, What’s your last night?

      • Not sure what you are asking…

    • LeeAnn, love your haiku. It captures my thoughts in this guest post so well! 🙂

      • I hadn’t heard about the Message’s take on John 1:14. It really puts it all in perspective. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Emmanuel comes
    Rejoice for God is with us
    Now and evermore

    • Gayl, beautiful haiku!

      • Thank you, Tara!



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